J.R. Smith

Born: Cullman, AL

Country Manager Hank Williams, Jr.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

Q. A lot of people are interested in how you became Hank Williams Jr.'s business manager.

I guess first of all I started running a fishing boat in Florida and met a lot of people. One of them was Hank Jr. - that's when I got in the music business. I was involved in that from '73 until '86 (about 13 years).

Let's see, after that I guess everybody knows the rest of the story. I went on to get a commercial U.S. Coast Guard's captain's license for a 100 ton ship. I started chartering and fishing off the coast of Panama City, Florida. I enjoyed that because I got to take a lot of customers fishing and enjoyed being with them.

At the time, we only had one company. Later, we got JRS Logistics going, and the kids got James A. Smith Transportation going. I enjoy coming up and meeting all the truckers, and seeing all the people. I still like trucks and everything about the trucking business. I keep it on my mind all the time and can't sleep at night for thinking about it. When I'm in Florida or traveling, I'm still on the phone back and forth from the office to the truckers and dispatchers for probably 4 or 5 hours a day. (I have big phone bills!)

Source: News & Info for James R. Smith Trucking Co.

 

 

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